photo via flicr, photostream of Laurend D. Ruamps
The Frissiras Museum was founded by the Vlassis Frissiras family to house the private collection of its founder. Vlassis Frissiras, an attorney and passionate art lover, started his collection with works by Greek artists in 1978 and went on to focus on European artists since the ’90s. The collections consist of paintings, drawings, sculptures and engravings by European artists through which an attempt is made to record the trends, people and philosophy of humanistic European painting after 1940.
The Museum is tucked away in one of the quieter narrow streets of Plaka and is housed in two neoclassical buildings, connected internally with walkways spanning an atrium, warmed by plenty of natural light coming through a glass roof. Both buildings, restored by the Frissiras family, are beautiful examples of the neoclassical Athenian architecture. The one located at number 3, Monis Asteriou str., was built in 1860 and is one of the first neoclassical houses in the Capital. The building at 7, Monis Asteriou str., was designed by the architect Ernst Ziller and was inaugurated in 1904.
A hub that plays a crucial role in the contemporary art scene of Athens, the Museum organises exhibitions regularly; the current one is entitled ”The Deceit of the Flesh”. A juxtaposition between the tribute to the female body and its beauty and sensuality, reflected in the works by the 31 Greek and foreign participating artists and the work of French painter Jean Rustin in which man’s suffering and decay are portrayed. Do you choose to ignore the effects of old age on the ephemeral beauty or do you bravely accept and embrace it? Mirror, mirror on the wall, which is the fairest of them all?…
I tended to admire the ode to beauty and sensuality and found Rustin’s old, decaying, insane figures too nasty for my eyes. These are two of the less dramatic (traumatic) ones:
And here is the view looking from the other side of the mirror:
The Deceit of the Flesh is on until 27 October 2013.
3 & 7, Monis Asteriou,
Plaka, Athens, Greece
Wednesday to Friday: 10:00 – 17:00
Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 – 17:00
Monday and Tuesday: closed
Photos by Konstantinos Implikian and the Museum website.
Athens, 20-24 June 2013